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Rabbi Gordon - Vayigash: 7th Portion

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Rivka Ozersky NYC, NY December 26, 2011

The Brothers transgression. Dear Rabbi Yehoshua Gordon,
Thank you so much for your super rendition of the Parsha with Rashi, and with your personal refreshing sprinkling humor"'tres-a-propos'".
But now I have a "shailah" (question)... When Joseph's family arrived in Egypt, and Pharaoh met Yaakov and the brothers and everyone else, it never occurred to Pharaoh and his ministers or magicians or any of the Egyptians to ask how did it happen that Joseph arrived in Egypt sold as a slave? Coming from such a "yechusdig" mishpachah" (prominent family)?
Doesn't any Torah commentator comment on it?
Is there any record of the righteous brothers, the Tribes of Israel, showing any remorse, regret, repentance, asking forgiveness or Teshuvah for having planned their brother's Joseph death and selling him to slavery? Reply

Anonymous December 12, 2010

R. Gordon Vayigash 7th Portion Question You said, that, 47:14 & Exodus 8:20, are the only two places that use the term, "Pharoh's house". Yet, for example, it appears in Vayigash 45:2 & 16. Can you please clarify that? Thank you very much (I am not that knowledgeable, I am trying to learn). Reply

Ploni Almoni Baltimore, MD. January 13, 2022
in response to Anonymous:

When Rabbi Gordon siad (@ 19:38) '..there are two usages of this expression in the house of the Pharaoh" did not mean that that those are the *Only* two usages of the expression "The house of Pharaoh*.

Rather he explained (quoting the Bal HaTorim) that in one of the (many places) that the Torah says "The house of Pharaoh", it says that "Yosef decreed that fifth of all the inhabitants in the land of Egypt's money will go to the house of Pharaoh" and later on by the Plague of the Wild Animals the Torah says that "they came to the house of Pharaoh" - and only after came into the houses of all the Egyptians.
Why did the wild animals first attack "Pharaoh's House"? Because Pharaoh didn't remember the good that Yosef (I.E. the Jews) did for the Pharaohs in the earlier verse (which also says House of Pharaoh) that -"Yosef decreed that fifth of all the inhabitants in the land of Egypt's money will go to the house of Pharaoh" Reply

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